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educator , art association administrator

Fannie Turnbull Taylor, American art association administrator, educator. Recipient Oak Leaf award Nature Conservancy, 1981, Wisconsin Governor's award in Support of the Arts, 1992, Madison Community Foundation Asset Builders Leadership award, 2002, Madison Children's Museum Star Society award, 2005; named Woman of Distinction, Madison Young Women’s Christian Association, 1994.


Taylor, Fannie Turnbull was born on September 11, 1913 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Daughter of Henry King and Fannie Elizabeth (Sills) Turnbull.


Bachelor, University Wisconsin, 1938. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, 1975.


Member faculty University Wisconsin, Madison, from 1941, professor social education, from 1949, emerita, from 1979. Director Wisconsin Union Theater, 1946-1966, coordinator university systems arts council, 1967-1970, associate director Center Arts Administration, 1970-1972, coordinator Consortium for Arts, 1976-1984. Consultant in field.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Arts at a New Frontier: The National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Union Theater: Fifty Golden Years (Book award of Merit, State History Society Wisconsin 1990). Contributor articles to professional journals.


Program director music National Endowment Arts, 1966-1967, program information director, 1972-1976. Board directors Wisconsin Arts Council, 1964-1972, Wisconsin Foundation Arts, 1976-1991, Madison Civic Music Association, 1976-1984, Madison Children's Museum, 1983-1996, Chazen Art Council, since 1976, chair 1983-1986. Madison Civic Center Foundation, 1981-1994.

Honorary chair Wisconsin Union Theater Program Endowment Fund, since 1985. Board directors Wisconsin chapter Nature Conservancy, 1963-1984, chairman 1976-1977. Board directors Shorewood Hills Foundation, 1976-2002, president, 1976-1981.

Fellow Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Member Association Performing Arts Presenters (founder, executive director 1957-1972, 1st recipient Fannie Taylor Distinguished Service award 1972), American Association Dance Companies (board directors 1967-1972), National Association Regional Ballet (board directors 1975-1977), National Guild Community Music Schools Arts (board directors 1977-1980), Women in Communications (Writers' Cup 1980), University Wisconsin Foundation, University Wisconsin Alumni Association (Distinguished Service award 1979), Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society (board directors 1993-2004, Big Bang award), Madison Civics Club (president 1969-1970), University Club (president 1982-1985), Blackhawk Club.


Married Robert Taylor, December 2, 1938 (divorced 1974). Children: Kathleen Muir Taylor Isaacs, Anne Kingston Taylor Wadsack.

Henry King Turnbull

Fannie Elizabeth (Sills) Turnbull

Robert Taylor

Kathleen Muir Taylor Isaacs Taylor

Anne Kingston Taylor Wadsack Taylor